God Can Be Trusted.
“The LORD also will be a stronghold for the oppressed, A stronghold in times of trouble; And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.”
Psalms 9:9-10 NASB
As I’ve been searching scripture the last few weeks, reminding myself of the goodness of the Lord, I came across this passage in Psalm 9. It was precisely the passage I needed as the Lord gently reminded me that He is indeed good and can be trusted. I’m in the process of committing these three verses to memory, so I figured I would share them with you as well.
God is our stronghold.
“The LORD also will be a stronghold for the oppressed, A stronghold in times of trouble;”
When I googled stronghold pictures a few super nerdy looking computer games came up (Editor’s [Josh]note: Stronghold is a fantastic game. Just an FYI.). Based on the pictures of these games, I assume the objective is to build an impenetrable fortress and an army to protect said fortress. All energy is focused toward protecting the people inside the wall. That’s what a stronghold is. Stronghold is defined as “a place that has been fortified so as to protect it against attack.” That’s what Psalm 9 is saying The LORD does for us. He is fortified so that He can protect us against attack. Whenever we need him, in our “times of trouble”, he is a fortress of protection. I like the idea of a fortress, because it is something meant to withstand attack. This indicates that there will be attacks. Jesus himself promises we will be attacked. The good news is that He is prepared for any attack. He will always win. John 16:33 promises us that. “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” What an amazing promise! We can have peace that passes all understanding as we rest inside the stronghold of our Lord.
God is trustworthy.
“And those who know Your name will put their trust in You”
A few years ago I did a study on the names of God by Mary Kassian. It was incredible, because it helped shaped my view of God. I learned to trust him in a deeper way because I knew His character. Each of His unique names defines one of His attributes, so when we know His names we know who He is. When we know who He is the natural response is to be so filled with awe that we humbly bow in submission to the all-powerful Creator God who pursues us with undeserved, unfailing love. That kind of God can be fully trusted. No matter what He asks of us. When I remember who I’m serving, the weight of service is lifted as I trust the one who is always in control.
God is always present.
“For You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.”
Speaking of names of God, one of my favorites is Immanuel, “God with us.” Because I know His name, Immanuel, I know He can be trusted. He will not “forsake those who seek Him (verse 10).” He was with me when I was seven years old and accepted Him as my Savior and Lord. He is with us now as Josh and I prepare to take our family to the other side of the world. He will be with me twenty years from now, and He will be with me every day in between. The promise God gave Joshua as he responded to God’s call for him to guide the Israelites was, “No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.” Although this promise was given thousands of years ago, I can claim it as my own. Just as God was Joshua’s stronghold, He is mine. Just as God was with Moses and Joshua, He will be with me. Just as God did not fail or forsake Joshua, He will not fail or forsake me. He is oh so faithful.